On route to the stage, singer James Brown recalls a life with a turbulent childhood where music was his only constructive release for his passions. A chance demonstration of that in prison led to a new friend who helped get him out and into a musical career. With his fire and creative daring, Brown became a star who defiantly created new possibilities in show business both on and behind the stage in face of racism and conventional thinking. Along the way, James would also become a peacemaker who redefined and raised the African-American community's feeling of self-worth when it was needed most. However, those same domineering passions would lead James Brown alienating everyone around him as his appetites became ever more self-destructive. Only after he hit rock bottom with a serious mistake does Brown realize what he needs to do make his life as the Godfather of Soul truly worthwhile. Written by
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Incredible Lead Performance, not enough Movie behind it
Get On Up, a biopic of music legend James Brown had a lot of potential that is mostly unrealized. Mainly, Chadwick Boseman gives an Oscar worthy performance as Mr. Brown, but his talent is ill used. The storyline and editing are extremely choppy. The viewer is subjected to nearly constant flash backs and flash forwards without a unifying narrative, especially at the beginning. The film's main problem, however, was that James Brown would constantly breach the fourth wall, talking directly to the audience. I found this awkward and annoying, mainly because I couldn't understand why the writers called for this. This technique might work for comedies or more experimental drama, especially on the stage, but I don't see why it should be used in a biopic. All this aside, the concert scenes are incredible. Boseman sounds, sings, and dances to dazzling effect.
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